This year, in May 2022, Native Hawaiians have been added to this celebration. Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month will also have an ongoing theme of Advancing Leaders Through Collaboration in governments through to 2024. The full press lease announcing this month's festivities can be found here.
Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month (also known as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month) is a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The Asia/Pacific region encompasses the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, and Easter Island).
Celebrated in May, Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month commemorates the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and marks the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, as the majority of the workers were Chinese immigrants. In addition, the celebration also highlights the significant contributions of Asians and Pacific Islanders to our society and highlights their traditions, cultures, and experiences.